Can't find where the original thread went, but I figured we could start a new one since the 2008 season is coming up soon. Spring training is less than a month away, opening day 2008 is on March 31 (yay it starts early this season). I can't think of who else is playing that day except my boys, the Mets. So what is anyone else's thoughts?? Who's your team & how far to do think (or want them to) they will get??
As for the Mets, it couldn't get any sweeter this offseason. I mean Omar Minaya made a few moves here & there (my 2nd favorite to Santana being getting rid of Mota, my not so favorite trading Milledge, but at least we have 2 catchers that can throw now), but Johan Santana in a Mets uni is something I didn't see after the 2007 season ended. Not only that, but not having to give up Fernando Martinez seemed almost unreal to me as well!!! Only thing I think they should do now is sign another pitcher that can eat innings & add stability to the back of the rotation. That particular pitcher would be Livan Hernandez (El Duque's half brother). It's become obvious that El Duque is way too injury prone to stay in the rotation & moving him to the pen could bolster the pen as well. If there's anything else I'm more excited about than seeing Johan pitch, it's the return on Duaner Sanchez.
My expectations as far as the rotation:
Johan will get 18 wins & pitch the Mets 1st ever no hitter.
Pedro will get 12,13 wins, Johan takes a lot of pressure off of him since he doesn't have to be the ace.
Maine will get 16 wins.
Perez will get 14 wins, may eclipse 200 k's if he stays consistent. He's got one of the nastiest sliders I have ever seen.
If Livan comes along, 11 wins, the least of the rotation, but along with Johan, pitches over 200 innings.
Pelfrey/El Duque is too hard for me to predict because Duque seems to be out longer each year on the DL & Pelfrey got off to a pretty bad start, but near the end of the season looked much better...